Mergui NLD chairman jailed

The chairman of the National League for Democracy in Mergui township, Tenasserim division, has been sentenced to four months in jail for getting involved in a fight with two local youths who allegedly tried to break his fence gate.

Soe Lwin, NLD chairman in Mergui, his son and a son-in-law, got in a fight with two youths in the evening July 26.  The youths arrived in front of their house and allegedly started kicking the gate of their fence. Both sides sustained minor injuries while Soe Lwin’s wife, Khin Win, a bystander, was also hurt and hospitalised for two days.

After the fight, Soe Lwin’s family reported the incident to the police who arrested and briefly detained the two youths.

On August 5, Mergui township court sentenced Soe Lwin to four months in jail and he was fined 1000 Kyat while his son and son-in-law were also given two months’ jail-terms with a 2000 Kyat fine each. The court decided to let both of the assailants go with just a fine.

Khin Win said she believed her husband was jailed because he was an NLD member but said they would not appeal.

She said that at the end of July Soe Lwin was summoned by government authorities and pressured to quit the group.

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